A recent report in the Technology Review about how barcode symbols on tablet computers could be used to control underwater robots, propelled Apple's (News - Alert) (already popular) iPad further into the limelight and brought emerging robotic companies into the public glare.
What's the connection between the two? Well, for starters, robots can now become amphibians as the potential for underwater robots is being seriously explored. The iPad is being viewed as a device that can remotely control the movements of the robots that are beneath water.
This is great news for companies like Quantum (News - Alert) International Corp., for its robotic innovations can now go beyond dry land and extend to the underwater world.
It's not as if robots have not been used for water – based projects. They do play important roles in aquaculture, surveillance and oil-spill cleanups, but they've never been beneath the waves. Water doesn't seem to have an affinity for radio and light waves.
Robert Federowicz, CEO at Quantum, appeared to think that it would soon be possible to explore the wreckage at the ocean bottom with an app-controlled robotic submersible.
Noting that the commercial apps for iPad- based robotics technologies was almost limitless he said, “Aquatics is only one of many robotics fields that is experiencing a new evolution thanks to iPad tech," he said.
There is more to this story, as another innovation called Aquabotix Hydroview, which can shoot an underwater video in full HD, can also presumably be controlled remotely with an iPad.
The ubiquitous iPad is storming into a new era, which promises to be wetter and more turbulent for robots than ever before.
Quantum International Corporation, an emerging robotics company, has been testing out new inventions with robots initially controlled by the ever so popular Apple iPad, believing that they will create an incredible improvement for children with Autism.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman